Monday, November 1, 2010

Time To Move On

I figured it out. 
I think I finally figured Halloween out.  
It's not the trick-or-treaters, we seldom have many (nine last night).
It isn't the candy, heaven knows candy is wonderful, but it's not that. 
It's not the costumes and the sound of feet running down the street. 

What it is 
is the magic.
It's the softening light of day, the lit candles, the jack-o-lanterns sparkling
on porches.  It's the smell of burning pumpkins and firewood and the
excitement of something different than the ordinary.  
It's all the feelings of excitement 
which still flows in our blood even as we grow older
that we had as children....hardly being able 
to contain ourselves with
something wonderful happening.
That's Halloween.
That's what I love about it.
And I never want to lose it.


Heidi said...

You make it sound magical Diane, It's going to be so sad when the kids get too old to trick or treat!

Pondside said...

I loved this, Diane. You captured just how I feel about this holiday. Last night we had such fun at the bonfire, watching other people's children having fun. It was magical - the fire, the fun, the visiting with our country neighbours.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

My joy when it coms to Halloween is the great memories I have when my sons were little.... We used to carve our pumpkins, put out our decorations, and one of us would go with them to Trick or Treat... The other would stay at home and answer the door. Back then, all of the children would just go door to door.. These days, due to safety, communities offer all kinds of alternatives for kids --such as Trunk or Treat....

BUT--I love to think of the great times we had back in the 60's and 70's when the kids were young... I miss those times --but I have my memories.


Jane said...

Beautiful words. I love Halloween and the entire fall season.


Kathy McCreedy said...

Hi Diane! AWESOME banner!!! And I love your sentiments about Halloween... I agree wholeheartedly, well said! Your color schemes on your blog (background and borders) are just beautiful and it was WONDERFUL hearing from you, thank you!!!!

The French Bear said...

Diane, yes those memories are the precious things we have from our childhood...I never want to lose that feeling. I think that sometimes it is the "magic" of the different seasons that is missing....
I am sure you will never lose it, I can tell it is in your heart and that's what I love about you!!!

T's Daily Treasures said...

A lovely way to think of it. It is certainly getting darker much earlier here. I've already lit candles and am settled in for the evening. The past two days have been crazy busy so today I am relaxing. Hope you are having a great day! Best wishes, Tammy

Jayne said...

Perfectly described Diane. Just seeing the pure joy on the faces and feeling the excitement in the air... it's what it's all about.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Hi Diane
I just love your words and agree it's lovely to have a little magic in our lives!
We're not big into halloween here in New Zealand, but reading your words I can imagine the jack-o-lanterns twinkling on the porch steps and almost smell those burning pumpkins - a bit like autumn leaves burning???
I've just found your blog and I'll be back.
Do come and visit me and I'll get out my prettiest teacups and make you very welcome!
Take care